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Cavan secondary school enrolment crisis set to continue due to government’s lack of planning – Pauline Tully TD.
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Cavan secondary school enrolment crisis

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Cavan secondary school enrolment crisis

Sinn Féin TD Pauline Tully has called on government to address the delays in school capital projects in Cavan immediately.


An unpublished school capacity survey found that three out of four parents are unable to secure spots at oversubscribed secondary schools.


Teachta Tully said:

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“Shortages of school places in this area are a result of poor planning and delays in providing school buildings by government.


“They are also a direct failure of a broken modelling system, that focuses on capacity in existing schools, while failing to take demographic changes or decades of long under-resourcing of schools into account.


“In Cavan both Breifne College and the Royal School are oversubscribed.


“Students are being forced to travel far and wide to find an available school.


“Some are being left with no other option but to get home tutoring as a result of enrolment pressure.


“Many parents and their children, who in some cases live within metres of their school, are not able to secure a school place for the next school year.


“It is placing avoidable stress and pressure on families.


“Families and students in Cavan deserve better.


“Oversubscription of schools naturally equates to increased class sizes and we all know the detrimental impacts large class sizes can have on a child’s education, particularly those with special educational needs.


“They create barriers to effective learning and hinder students’ academic and personal development.


“Sinn Féin believe that smaller class sizes in Cavan are vital as they can facilitate greater student participation and engagement.


“Smaller class size will help increase individual attention and make it harder for students, particularly those with SEN to get left behind. This in turn will lead to enhanced academic performance.


“Government must address this crisis immediately. Every child should have a school place come September.”


Cavan secondary school enrolment crisis - Pauline Tully

Cavan secondary school enrolment crisis


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